Day Blooming Jasmine – Toxic Plant of the Week

Day Blooming Jasmine

Image from J.M.Garg

It’s Monday again and time to learn about another plant that has it in for your horse. Today we’ll take a closer look at a plant that smells good enough to eat, but shouldn’t be, Day Blooming Jasmine.

A Little About Day Blooming Jasmine

Cestrum diurnum is Day Blooming Jasmine, also called Chinese Inkberry, White Chocolate Jasmine, Inkberry & China Berry. This is an evergreen shrub with tiny white five petaled flowers that smell of chocolate and fruit that starts out green and becomes purple to black when mature.

How Dangerous Is It?

This plant isn’t palatable to horses and is really only a concern during drought conditions. However it’s high toxicity makes it a worry for horse owners who should keep their animals away. Contains calcinogenic glycosides which when built up over time can be fatal.

The fruit and sap of this plant are toxic and can be fatal to equines.

Day Blooming Jasmine

Image from J.M.Garg

What To Look For

You know your animal the best, so you should know when something is amiss. Day Blooming Jasmine toxicity symptoms can include gastrointestinal upset, loss of appetite, lameness & arched back.

Learn More

Be sure to check out the Day Blooming Jasmine page to learn more about the plant and while you are at it why not check out more toxic plants?

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*It should be noted that I’m not a veterinarian. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.